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A pre-review (PRM) meeting is an opportunity for a project’s design team to meet with city staff before a final project design is complete. The design team can introduce their project to reviewers and ask any questions related to building, zoning, fire, stormwater, utilities, or transportation engineering codes and regulations.
We highly encourage scheduling a PRM for commercial projects. In the long run, meeting with CSI prior to completion of a project design saves time. Projects that have had PRMs almost always have shorter review times after a permit application is made and require fewer plan revisions.
The project design team usually includes the architect and civil engineer. The city’s team will include a building plan reviewer and the zoning coordinator. If needed for your project, we can arrange for city engineering staff or the fire marshal to attend.
City staff will confirm that designers have applied the applicable codes in the project design. Plans examiners will ask questions about the project and will provide preliminary feedback if any code issues are glaringly evident. The design team can ask clarifying questions about code requirements. They can also do an initial presentation of alternates or modifications to building code requirements and get preliminary feedback. City staff will explain permit submittal requirements and the plan review process.
A PRM is not a plan review. CSI cannot do a plan review until a permit application and complete set of plans with a code summary and life safety plan are submitted. Comments provided in meetings by staff will be informal and based on information provided by the applicant. Changes to the proposal, additional information acquired by CSI, detailed review of code requirements, changes to policies or effective codes after the PRM may affect the relevance of feedback given at the meeting.
Complete and submit the pre-review meeting Request Form, along with all of the information and documents indicated on the form.
CSI reserves Wednesdays from 9 to Noon and 1:30 to 3 for PRMs. We ask that you request a PRM not later than the Friday prior to your preferred Wednesday meeting date.
Contact a Building Plans Examiner:
Pre-Review Meeting Request Form
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